On Wednesday a question took place in the House of Commons involving Theresa Villiers who is the MP for Chipping Barnet. She was once the Minister of State for Transport, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The person who answered her question was Kemi Badenoch who as she states towards the end of her response, she was “an engineer who also had an apprenticeship” and now she is both an MP for Saffron Walden and she is also the “Minister for Equalities, Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (jointly with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)” The question and answers can be seen here and the initial question from Theresa was
What steps she is taking to encourage more women to enter careers in science, computing and engineering?
We have seen good progress on increasing the number of girls studying science, technology, engineering and maths—STEM—subjects at school, but we know that too many women drop out of STEM careers because of caring responsibilities. That is why we recently announced a new scheme to help women into STEM roles after taking time out of work to care for their family. This will help organisations to recruit those who are too often overlooked because of a gap on their CV when providing employment support.
And so the second question and answer was
Given the obvious labour shortages in construction, can I encourage Ministers to work with groups such as Women into Construction to encourage women to take on apprenticeships and careers in engineering and construction?
My right hon. Friend can consider Ministers suitably encouraged. I speak as an engineer who also had an apprenticeship, and I know how important organisations such as Women into Construction are. We will do everything we can to work with them and to support women into apprenticeships and engineering.